Cards hoping for home comforts to end winless run

Glen Harrington
4:12pm, Thu 28th Oct 2021
Woking vs Altrincham
Vanarama National League
Saturday 30th October 2021

Woking will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they entertain Altrincham at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday, looking to put an end to a run of four straight defeats.

Manager Alan Dowson made no excuses on Tuesday evening as his team were distinctly second-best against Yeovil Town. The 2-0 away defeat was the first time the Cards have lost by more than a single goal all season and, equally, was probably the first time the Woking boss will have thought his side didn’t deserve at least a point after a series of close-run contests. Dowse will be hoping for much better back on home soil, where victories over Dagenham & Redbridge and Chesterfield now seem something of a distant memory. Oddly, this is only a fifth home game for the Cards this season, and after three successive away-day disappointments there’s no better time to return.

Dowse made two changes against the Glovers with Tommy Block and Tyreke Johnson coming in for Kyran Lofthouse and the suspended Joe McNerney. It will be interesting to see whether the boss opts to rotate his side once again or whether he keeps as close to his usual line-up as possible. On a positive note, Jordan Maguire-Drew could play some part after missing the last six games.

Opposition Watch

Altrincham are enjoying their second year back in the National League after two promotions in three years between 2018 and 2020. Last season they performed above expectations to finish 17th, comfortably clear of the theoretical relegation places. They have started this season in even better form and currently sit ninth, with six wins, one draw, and five defeats from their first 12 games, although like Woking they are winless in three in the league.

Manager Phil Parkinson was busy this summer with many incomings and outgoings. Chief among the arrivals were striker Marcus Dinanga, from Stevenage, experienced midfielders Ben Pringle, from Morecambe, and Carlisle United’s Dean Furman, whilst they’ve also added England C international Tom Walker on loan from Stockport County. Star midfielder Alistair Smith joined last season’s National League winners Sutton United.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 1-1 Altrincham – 16th March 2021, National League (Lofthouse)
• Altrincham 1-0 Woking – 2nd March 2021, National League
• Altrincham 3-1 Woking – 26th January 2016, National League (Sole)
• Woking 2-0 Altrincham – 15th August 2015, National League (Sole, Holman)
• Woking 2-0 Altrincham – 2nd December 2014, National League (Marriott, Rendell)

On the Day

Ticket prices are £16 for Adults, Concessions £11, Students and Next Generation £8 and £3 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

This match will be segregated, with Altrincham fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

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